Wednesday 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas from Germany

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I'm spending Christmas as usual with my family in Germany this year and have been here for nearly a week already. Therefore apologies for my posting and leaving comments still being rather sporadic. As I have said before, once I'm back in the UK in January my intentions are to get back to blogging more regularly and also to get back into making time to leave comments on all your wonderful blogs out there!!!!!

I'll be cooking Rolled Stuffed Loin of Pork with Rubied Gravy from Nigella's Christmas book, Roast Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots for our family Christmas dinner tomorrow. There'll be eight of us, so please cross your fingers that it all goes swimmingly and without disasters, so that nobody has to go hungry.

I'm not sure when I'll get to share the pictures and recipe with you, as I have brought my camera, but I'm not sure I can edit the pihotos on my Dad's computer. So, it might have to wait until January. We'll see.


For now, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas and
Frohe Weihnachten
and leave you with a recipe for a lovely party snack, that's easy and quick to make and perfect for any of the parties that seem to be happening at this time of the year.


Ham and Leek Roll Ups

1 block of frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 package cream cheese
1 package cream cheese with herbs
125gr ham, chopped
1 leek, cleaned and sliced finely
150gr gouda, grated
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Preheat your oven to 200C/Gas 6.

In a bowl mix all ingredients, except the puff pastry and set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the block of puff pastry into a large rectangle. To make it a little easier, I divide the block into two and roll out two rectangles.

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the pastry.

Starting from the long side, carefully roll up the pastry.

With a sharp knife cut the roll into 1/2 inch thick slices and place them cut side down onto a non-stick baking tray.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Allow to cool on a wire rack, before serving.

These can be made a day ahead.



Jules said...

Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute zum neuen Jahr!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those look really good. I've copied the recipe and plan on making them. Thanks!

Jan said...

Sylvie they look delish! Happy Christmas to you and your family x

Marie Rayner said...

Happy Christmas Sylvie. I hope you have a lovely time with your family and that you all enjoyed a delicious Christmas Dinner together. It sounds positively delicious and these little rolls sound wonderful as well! XXOO

gaga said...

Yum, those are perfect for entertaining. I bet they were a real crowd pleaser!

Nic said...

Merry Christmas Sylvie!! Hope you had a super day!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hope you had a lovely Christmas Sylvie and have a great New Year.

Sam said...

I hope you had a great Christmas Sylvie, and a happy new year!

Katiecakes said...

Last night, at a friends house I was offered something called a 'ham horn'. I envisioned ham and cheese in puff pastry but was presented with only ham. Now I've seen your beautiful rolls I have to make them to satisfy my disappointed tummy.

Thank you for reading my mind! Now, to the kitchen :D

Katie xo

TeaLady said...

Und ein gluchliches neu jahr. Sorry, my German is a little rusty. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.

And these look delicious.

Katiecakes said...

Hi again! I do hope you don't mind but I tried these out for myself and featured them on my blog (with a link back to this post, of course).

They went down brilliantly. Star of the show :D

Katie xox